About the Hurley Hoey 10K
This Hurley-Hoey Memorial Run/Walk is held in memory of two well known figures in the Doora-Barefield parish, Ger Hoey and Eilish Hurley.
Whilst it is under the Hurley-Hoey banner, the intention of the organizers is very much to give runners/walkers the opportunity to participate in an event in memory of their own loved ones.
The fifth staging of the Hurley-Hoey will take place on Saturday March 11th in Gurteen, Doora, Ennis with all money raised going to two local charities namely Clare Haven and Cliona's Foundation.
Eilish Hurley passed away after an illness on 27th of July, 2004, two weeks on from her 30th birthday. Although still very young at the time of her passing, she had packed a whole lot into her 30 years.
She travelled extensively in Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand, taking a year out in Australia where she worked in Sydney and Melbourne. She graduated from NUIG Galway in mechanical engineering and subsequently worked as a mechanical engineer in Volex (Mayo), SCI (Cork) and Medtronic (Galway). A keen sportswoman, she played football and camogie at all levels with St. Joseph’s, Doora-Barefield, as well as camogie with NUIG. She ran both track and cross-country with Marian Athletics Club in Ennis and also represented Doora-Barefield in the community games.
Eilish was a very sociable person and developed a huge circle of friends particularly from her time in college, but also from her time based in Castlebar and Cork. She was still however very much a family girl and returned to her homeplace of Larchill whenever she could. The Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” was played at her funeral and for her friends and family, Eilish will be “forever young”.
The late Ger Hoey who passed away suddenly on the 3rd February 2009 was regarded as someone who gave so much to others, both young and old alike. He was a great motivator and leader both on and off the field.
Long associated with St.Joseph’s, Doora-Barefield having won 3 Clare Senior hurling club championships, 2 Munster Club championships, and in 1999 The All-Ireland Club title. He captained "The Parish" to the 1993 Intermediate title and won a Laois Senior hurling title with Portlaoise in 1989. He also won a Junior A South East championship during his time in Carrigaline, Co.Cork.
Wherever he went in his banking career he immersed himself in the local sporting communities both as a player and mentor. He was a very honest and approachable guy who has truly left his mark.